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B.    Progress and Accomplishments    (Continued)
Law-Related Education:

o In FY 1984, $1 million supported 12 Law-Related Education projects.
These included one project that worked with 18 States, 10 elemen-
tary and secondary school projects, and one special film project.

o Priority was given to projects that would support the institution-
al ization of model programs in elementary and secondary school
classrooms. Project activities included: teacher training, cur-
riculum development, dissemination of materials, seminars, mock
trials, demonstration centers, alternative programs to help solve
juvenile behavior problems, and a broad spectrum of related skill
development activities for grades K-12.

C.    Costs, Benefits, and Effectiveness

o     Under the Secretary's Special Initiatives, awards ranged from about
$6,000 to $370,000.    The projects began during school  year 1983-84,  so
no data on their effectiveness are available yet.

o Under the National Diffusion Network, costs are roughly $545 per school
or about $5.75 per student served, the effectiveness of the effort can
be assessed in terms of the number and geographic spread of sites adopt-
ing exemplary projects, educators1 satisfaction with the programs
distributed, the degree to which exemplary practices are faithfully
implemented in the adopting sites, and the gains in student performance.
Data on each are presented below:

Geographic Spread of Exemplary Projects: Based on figures compiled
from FY 1984 project applications (see E.I below), program staff
report that 18,400 schools were adopting and implementing exemplary
projects. More than 64,000 educators received training to use
programs and practices, and approximately 1.7 million students, or
4 percent of fall 1982 elementary/secondary enrollment, were being
served by programs adopted in these new sites.

Fidelity of Project Implementation;    An earlier evaluation (E.5) re-
ported that projects implemented via the NDN were reasonably faith-
ful to developer specifications.    Similarly,  results from more re-
cent studies  (E.2  and  E.3)   have   shown   that   NDN  project  adopters
were implementing   the   new   practices   with   considerable   fidelity.

User Satisfaction: Results from studies conducted over the last six
years (E.2, E.3, E.4, E.5, and E.6) indicate that users continued
to report satisfaction with the training-related services and
materials provided by the NDN.

Student Performance Gains:      The most recent    study (E.2) indicates

that grantees   and   teachers   in   schools   implementing   NDN  projects

reported improved levels of  student achievement and better student
attitudes toward learning.ca,